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November 19, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire takes on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters on the front lines. Up to 400 people fanned out to search the ash and rubble where homes once stood before flames roared through the Sierra foothills town of Paradise and surrounding communities, killing at least 77 people in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 740 words, photos, videos.

SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — President Donald Trump says there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the “very violent, very vicious” killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. By Deb Riechmann and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.

2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE 7/8— Even before they announce their White House intentions, New Hampshire’s ambitious neighbors are in the midst of a shadow campaign to shape the nation’s first presidential primary election of the 2020 season. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA-RECOUNT — This was the year Florida’s Democrats spoke ambitiously of ending their 20-year journey in political exile in this battleground state. Instead, election results after a tense and bruising recount show Republicans coming out on top for governor and even picking up a U.S. Senate seat. After a recount dragged on for nearly two weeks, top Democratic candidates in the state came agonizingly close but fell short of their avowed goal. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 950 words, photos, videos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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OLDER WORKERS-RETIREMENT PLANS — The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis. SENT: 830 words, photos.

GROWING UP DIGITAL-SCREENHEADS — Many American parents are engaged in a battle over screen time with their kids — and It’s not going well. Ninety-five percent of U.S. teens have their own mobile devices, and many see screen-time limits as unjustified punishment. By National Writer Martha Irvine. UPCOMING: By 9 a.m., photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP — Trump isn’t committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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COLORADO FAMILY KILLED — A Colorado man is set to be sentenced after pleading guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and their two young daughters and dumping their bodies on an oil work site. SENT: 650 words, photo. UPCOMING: Sentencing at noon.

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INTERNATIONAL

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YEMEN — A senior leader of Yemen’s Shiite rebels says the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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